U.S. Top 50 Internet Properties, July 2002
At Home/Work Combined
All Web and other Digital Media
Site /Unique Visitors
-----> = Akamai customer
1 AOL Time Warner Network 97,995,000
2---->MSN-Microsoft Sites 89,819,000
3---->Yahoo! Sites 83,433,000
4 Google Sites 37,460,000
5---->Terra Lycos 36,173,000
6 About/Primedia 35,297,000
7 eBay 33,370,000
8 Amazon Sites 27,753,000
9 Classmates.com Sites 24,163,000
10 CNET Networks 22,762,000
11 InfoSpace Network 22,471,000
12 Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) 22,261,000
13 Viacom Online 21,089,000
14 AT&T Properties 20,073,000
15 Gator Network 19,609,000
16---->Ticketmaster Sites 18,173,000
17 Real.com Network 17,932,000
18 Excite Network 17,514,000
19 iVillage.com: The Womens Network 17,191,000
20 eUniverse Network 16,962,000
21 AWS Technology 16,090,000
22---->Verizon Communications Corporation 15,546,000
23 Ask Jeeves 15,339,000
24---->Monster.com Property 14,551,000
25 Vivendi-Universal Sites 14,438,000
26 Weather Channel, The 14,252,000
27 Gannett Sites 13,544,000
28 SBC Communications 13,508,000
29 AmericanGreetings Property 13,201,000
30 Expedia Travel 13,081,000
31 Sony Online 12,359,000
32 EA Online 11,546,000
33 United Online, Inc. 11,444,000
35---->New York Times Digital 10,597,000
37 X.com Sites 10,430,000
38 BeMusic Sites 10,331,000
39 COOLSAVINGS.COM 10,330,000
40 ORBITZ.COM 10,314,000
41 KaZaa Media Desktop (App) 9,989,000
42 Harris Interactive 9,949,000
43 USPS.COM 9,701,000
44 Barnes & Noble 9,497,000
45 Atomshockwave Sites 9,381,000
46 Citigroup 9,373,000
47 AMERICANEXPRESS.COM 9,326,000
48---->Columbia House Sites 9,247,000
49 DELL.COM 9,185,000
50 News Corp. Online 8,959,000
Source: comScore Media Metrix
Please note that the above list excludes certain lightweights that use Akamai. Lightweights such as:
MTV & VH1
Search up local domain tree
Use default domain name
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verizon.com 84915 IN NS vzdns01.verizon.com
verizon.com 84915 IN NS dns2.verizon.com
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I keep getting confirmation that microsoft.com is being delivered through Akamai servers (on a daily basis). I use a Macintosh and a trace & query program called WhatRoute. Yesterday evening and now this afternoon the results show definitively that microsoft.com pages are hosted on Akamai servers.
Could someone running windows try running "ping-plotter" again?
rpgjr and other AKAM long & strongs,
Did you realise that Microsoft was already utilising Akamai's web services? I ran a trace and a query (using WhatRoute software) for microsoft.com and much to my surprise, their web content IS delivered through Akamai's servers!
I knew that Microsoft and Akamai were collaborating on the .net initiative but I had no idea that Microsoft was also an Akamai web services customer.
Oh well ... it's all good!
Akamai may not be in the headlines on this one, but both companies definitely leverage Akamai's ebusiness infrastructure services to deliver the goods.
Alix Nyberg, CFO Magazine
February 01, 2002
Some corporate managers are going beyond remote hosting of E-commerce applications and are actually outsourcing their business processes.
With traffic to its consumer Web site doubling nearly every year since 1996 and online transactions surpassing $100 million annually, Amtrak knew its E-business operation was strained to capacity. Its first thought: outsource everything. So in late 2000, E-commerce directors Mary Cortina and Lenetta McCampbell sorted through proposals from Digex, Exodus, IBM, and Loudcloud, companies that, as Cortina says, "definitely knew their business" in terms of technology. But the price tags proved too steep, so Amtrak added staff and transformed a data center originally intended to support legacy applications into a new E-business hub.
In general, Amtrak executives say that approach made sense: the price was right and the site has performed well. But when the September 11 terrorist attacks drove hundreds of would-be travelers to amtrak.com, the rail line didn't stand a chance. Its three-person IT staff couldn't add bandwidth fast enough to meet demand, and call centers were overwhelmed, forcing Amtrak to turn away potential customers.
The outsourcing option returned, and in an unusual way. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Akamai Technologies Inc., a provider of E-business infrastructure, let Amtrak reroute Web traffic through its servers for free for one month following the attacks, solving the bandwidth problem. "They literally saved our site," says Cortina. As a result, Amtrak changed its mind about outsourcing and signed a deal with Akamai. Its former all-or-nothing view gave way to a mix-and-match approach in which, as McCampbell says,"the combination of internal support and outsourcing means that spikes can be handled more efficiently," whether caused by emergencies, holiday traffic, promotions, or other reasons.
While outsourcing decisions are rarely born of such drama, analysts say a growing number of companies are now realizing that E-business operations are difficult to handle alone. "We expect that companies will have to ship out at least some component" of E-business, says Jeanne Schaaf, formerly an analyst at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Forrester Research. "Companies that do it all themselves tend to overspend on bandwidth, storage, networks, and personnel."
July 1, 2002
Market for E-commerce Apps Ready to Explode
By ASPnews.com Staff
The worldwide e-commerce applications market is expected to reach almost $17 billion by 2006, more than tripling last year's figures, according to IDC.
The Framingham, Mass.-based research firm reports that the primary reasons for the growth are a demand for high-performance applications, a growing emphasis on verticalized solutions and the growing acceptance of Web services.
"Many companies that previously were dabbling in e-commerce realize that it is important for them to reinvest in new e-commerce technologies in order to make a stronger impact," said Albert Pang, research manager for IDC's e-Commerce Applications program. "E-commerce applications vendors will also begin concentrating on vertical markets to gain traction and achieve differentiation in the marketplace."
IDC reports that extended e-commerce application environments will be among the most innovative uses of Web services, which will address performance problems that have hampered the growth of e-commerce.
Some vendors are beginning to expose applications components as Web services and are already experiencing acceptance of their approach, according to IDC's recently released Worldwide e-commerce Applications Market Forecast and Analysis 2002-2006, With Vendor Market Shares report.
More and more companies are using their e-commerce sites as a way to capture and consolidate data from customers, suppliers and business partners, according to IDC. Because of this, unified commerce will be an important factor in the e-commerce applications market. Successful vendors, IDC says, will add enhancements and establish alliances with technology partners to enable their customers to create and access a unified set of data.
19 July 2002
The adoption of Web standards such as TCP/IP, HTTP, Java, and XML have ushered in a new business model called e-business. e-business revolutionized the business-to-consumer relationship; however, it didn't address business-to-business relationships (B2B) due to integration complexities resulting from proprietary infrastructures. Web services offers the promise of revolutionizing B2B by providing an open architecture based on existing and emerging standards. But Web services is more then an architecture or development model; it gives businesses the flexibility to develop new strategies, define new offerings, and form new relationships. It gives them the opportunity to become Dynamic e-businesses.
Rodney A. Smith
Vice President of Emerging Technology, Software Group, IBM Corporation
5 June 2002
The Truth About Web Services
"Web Services" may be a bad name but it represents the very good idea of letting applications exchange data over the Internet. Web service standards are a simple technology with the potential for huge impact. As the browser and HTML did for documents, so SOAP and WSDL will do for applications: make them available to any other application, any place, anytime.
With this approach, barriers to application integration come down. Things get really interesting when firms and individuals build new software networks that use Web Services to link and relate data, applications, and devices. The impact of Web Service standards will be felt in three overlapping waves of adoption: opportunistic integration, business Web services, and new software networks.
Group Director, Forrester Research
Akamai will use IBM Corp software to deliver Java-based web services applications from its massive network of edge-of-internet servers. The content delivery service provider will deploy WebSphere, in a phased rollout, initially over perhaps a few hundred of its 13,000 servers.
WebSphere, IBM's J2EE-based application server, will run on the same boxes as Akamai's own caching and routing software, and the companies will work on the connections between the two technologies between now and the fourth quarter, when services are expected to go live.
The rollouts are the third stage of Akamai's strategy to extend its services. First, it cached and delivered static web content from the edge of the internet, taking the bandwidth and processing strain off origin sites, then it delivered dynamically-generated content, with its flagship EdgeSuite system.
Now it wants customers to deploy components of their web services, such as Java servlets, JSP pages and Java Beans over its network. The value proposition is a faster end-user experience and reduced infrastructure requirements at the origin site.